Posted by psgels on 6 August 2008 with categories: Detroit Metal City



Short Synopsis: Our lead character is the lead singer and guitarist of a grotesque heavy metal band.
Highlights: Parodies at their finest.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8,5/10
Okay, I finally managed to check out the first episode of Detroit Metal City, and I just had to blog it, seeing as my favourite music style is metal. Detroit Metal City is a hilarious parody of the metal-scene. But of course, with Studio 4C, there was obviously no doubt that this would turn into a masterpiece. It’s great to see another niche culture being parodied apart from the otaku culture.

It’s interesting how the guitar riffs and the music of the songs of DMC is actually quite tame. Just take any random black or death metal band, and their music is much heavier than what you hear in this series, but it’s of course the lyrics that scream out rape, killing and suicide that are the outrageous. The freaky thing is that amongst these exaggerations in this anime, there is lies an unnerving amount of truth; of course metal is a very varied genre, but there are enough bands that sing about pain, mystery and other sorts of depressing things (I don’t remember having heard any metal song about abusing elderly people, though)

The fans are just as exaggerated as these lyrics, though. It’s hilarious to think that they’d just run and storm against anyone who doesn’t like their music. What I did miss were the mosh pits during the concerts, though. With such violent guys, I’m surprised that they didn’t go and beat each other up because of the adrenaline. (no really, most metal fans are really ordinary people ^^;)

I’m not sure how long this OVA is going to be… this seems to have been a short 13-minute introduction, and AniDB lists three more volumes, each of one hour’s length, but I’m not sure where that information came from…

13 Responses

  1. kuromitsu says:

    DMC is actually an OVA – only the intro/first episode was available for preview. I don’t know how many episodes it has but Amazon.jp lists 4 volumes and a 4-disc box. AFAIK the anime is released as part of a cross-promotion for the upcoming live-action movie. (Or maybe the movie is already out?)

  2. senerikfred says:

    Metal. . .?
    This deserves an emoticon.

    O_O Your tastes continue to baffle me.
    Oh, but DMC was funny. I like the protagonist’s world peace song.

  3. shi-ka-shi! says:

    It’s as kuromitsu says, only the first two stories out of a planned twenty-four were ripped and put out on the net. The first volume will contain eight total as will each of the next two in the DVD set. Look for the first volume to appear in its entirety this weekend at the earliest.

  4. kuromitsu says:

    Er, right, for some reason I missed that you also wrote it was an OVA. xD;; Sorry.

  5. Ez says:

    Metal huh? Thats kind of unexpected.

    If it ever does get subbed, I’ll be checking it out. Cheers! =)

  6. Autonomous Monster says:

    *metal-five*

    I knew you were awesome, psgels, but I didn’t know you were this awesome.

    I’d love to comment on the show, but the internet is being evil and refusing to do anything beyond DDL :(

  7. macros74 says:

    I got curious after reading this post and just watched the episode.
    WOW! Strange but somehow very appealing…
    I just have to see the rest of this OVA/series!

  8. Houlgrave says:

    Lol, truly good metal is absolutely inspired stuff, progressive metal in particular. Just listen to Queensryche, Pain of Salvation or Tool, Frost* (and a bunch of others I’m not naming here) to expand your mental capacity, free of charge. :)

    This series looks great by the way, going to watch it.

  9. Yougen says:

    Didn’t expect that you’re metalhead.
    I am certain that there is grincore band that have a song about abusing elderly people.
    Metal is just like every other type of music for me. There are some really great band like Kayo Dot, Opeth, Agalloch,… and a lot of bad ones.

  10. SageGaiGar says:

    OVA should be coming out today. Hopefully someone’ll have a torrent of it up in a bit. Dunno how long subbing will take. The manga is absolutely hilarious. \m/

  11. SageGaiGar says:

    Raws are finally out now. Atleast for DVDs 1-3.

  12. frog212 says:

    OMG, I laughed my ass off watching the first episode/Inro.

  13. ooga says:

    If you think these lyrics are outrageous, go check out Cannibal Corpse or many of the black metal bands.

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